Steve Tobin's Intertwined: Exploring Nature's Networks featured at Houston Botanic Garden
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Steve Tobin's Intertwined: Exploring Nature's Networks featured at Houston Botanic Garden
Bronze Root at Houston Botanic Garden. Justin Lacey Photo.

HOUSTON, TX.- Steve Tobin’s Intertwined: Exploring Nature’s Networks is now open at Houston Botanic Garden, featuring 20 monumental sculptures by Steve Tobin, world-renowned for his works in glass, bronze, ceramic and steel. In Houston, his art will elegantly spiral as much as 30 feet above the natural beauty of the Houston Botanic Garden, the Bayou City’s living museum for plants.

Intertwined, which runs through Aug. 13, 2023, dramatically captures the unseen power of the natural world while celebrating the important systems that give life to the Garden’s tropical, sub-tropical, and arid collections.

While inspired by nature, Tobin also incorporates cultural influences – both current and historical – in his work. For instance, the marquee “Steelroots” series, made using recycled oil pipes, includes “Dancing Steelroots” inspired by ancient Japanese calligraphy.

“Twistys,” another collection of steel pieces, pays homage to Houston gymnast Simone Biles and the acrobatic way she flows through the air, bringing to mind the way wind flows through the natural world. These yellow squiggly figures spring joyfully from a field at the gardens. They are meant to be interactive, as they rotate from a base sunk a foot into the ground.

“Romeo & Juliet,” a pair of cast bronze roots named after the star-crossed lovers in William Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, are installed together so that they are almost touching limbs.

Tobin likes showing his work in gardens, explaining, “All of the pieces in this exhibition are distillations of nature — roots, clouds, and sprouts. Members and visitors of the Garden are already predisposed to the themes in my work, including the primary one: worshipping nature.”

Steve Tobin’s Intertwined: Exploring Nature’s Networks is an ideal way to reach out to the “art disenfranchised” or “art uninitiated,” as Tobin’s works are accessible and interactive. “A lot of people aren’t necessarily seeking out art. They come to see the Garden, and they get to see the art. It’s a surprise,” he says.

Tobin loves the way a space like the Houston Botanic Garden offers a variety of settings. And because his work will be there into the middle of August, those settings will undergo regular transformation as winter yields to spring and then summer.

"The Garden is excited to welcome Steve Tobin and this exhibition of his powerful work to Houston,” says Claudia Gee Vassar, President & General Counsel of Houston Botanic Garden. “The Houston Botanic Garden provides a perfect backdrop for these nature-inspired, impactful pieces. I look forward to seeing the public deepen their connections to nature as they experience the magic of Intertwined first-hand.”

Steve Tobin’s Intertwined: Exploring Nature’s Networks is included in the ticket price for admission to the Garden. Tickets are $12.50 for adults and $8 for children and students Monday – Thursday; the price for Friday – Sunday is $15 for adults and $10 for children and students.

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